Remember Those Who are Not Home this Christmas ….

As we make our Christmas list during the holiday bliss let us not forget Al Qedas list, Holiday cheer, of wine and beer, remember the 9/11 fear, As Troops and Solders eat MREs, while we fill our bellies with cake, candies and cookies While we're warm and cozy by our fireplace our troops bed down on not such a soft place truck, humvee and the ground no complaining to be found

Putting up the Christmas tree hanging stockings one, two and three, one of my sons is not with me, for he/she is away making sure we are free, We look for Santa in the sky they look for mortars flying by As the snow falls softly to the ground the dust and dirt whirls around, The giving of ones lives has broken our hearts Our trust in our Lord sets us apart

We will let no other nation tear us down, we will continue with our boots on the ground, our price of freedom comes with a cost, we morn and honor those whom we have lost, As Rudolphs nose lights Santa's way, children will wake to laugh and play, Their mom or dad so far away, only wish they could share this special day

As you tear open your gifts with delight, please remember our troops and soldiers continue to fight, if not for them we might not have this wonderful Christmas night, We Miss our Son's & Daughter's so far away, We miss them so much everyday, proud as We can be watching News on TV, for a glimpse of a look that I might see, Their face's looking back at Us

On this Special Christmas Day, count your blessings as the troops and soldiers make the way for us to say, We are proud Americans and we're here to stay….

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VA is getting better? Like Hell it is, after reading the VA Director recent comments, I wrote this..

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I seen this quote in the full article, And Was SO PISSED (Takes Me OVER 3.5 MONTHS to see someone. not to mention when I called about a chronic condition I have, then ased another question, the Nurse said (I am sure not knowing, but corrected herself very fast) said the Dr gets points for each time they see someone, not a wonder why I only get less than 10 minutes a visit with the Doctor, and at least 25 with the Dr's Nurse But I digress, and continue….



""McDonald insisted there has been improvement. According to VA statistics, 97 percent of all VA health care appointments are scheduled within 30 days. Specialty care wait-time averages six days, mental health appointments are three days.""



WTF, are you KIDDING ME, WHERE THE HELL is he getting his information from, the National Enquirer ??? When I call for a VA appointment, I have to wait 3 1/2 months to get a spot. that's 14 FULL WEEKS Mr McDonald. 14 Weeks, 



Honestly, Screw the points system they have in place (aka a visit a point for the Dr) go back to real medicine and TREAT PEOPLE AGAIN, Like REAL Doctors do in the REAL World, not dome dammed fantasy someone is blowing up the directors nose each month saying its perfect. Veterans are NOT being served correctly, NOT being taken care of as WE SHOULD BE, We have Served our Country with Pride, and Honor, the least we can expect from our Government is to TAKE CARE OF US AFTER WE HAVE SERVED. that is not asking much. But apparently the VA has its own agenda for things, which is CRAP pure and simple.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day in United States

site_banner_powmia_day_2011National POW/MIA Recognition Day in United States

The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. Many Americans take the time to remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families.

What do people do?

Many Americans across the United States pause to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war (POW), as well as those who are missing in action (MIA), and their families. All military installations fly the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag, which symbolizes the nation’s remembrance of those who were imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who remain missing.

Veteran rallies take place in many states, such as Wisconsin, in the United States on National POW/MIA Recognition Day. United States flags and POW/MIA flags are flown on this day and joint prayers are made for POWs and those missing in action. National POW/MIA Recognition Day posters are also displayed at college or university campuses and public buildings to promote the day. Remembrance ceremonies and other events to observe the day are also held in places such as the Pentagon, war memorials and museums.

Public life

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is not a federal public holiday in the United States but it is a national observance.

Background

There are 1,741 American personnel listed by the Defense Department’s POW/MIA Office as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War, as of April 2009. The number of United States personnel accounted for since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 is 841. About 90 percent of the 1,741 people still missing were lost in Vietnam or areas of Laos and Cambodia under Vietnam’s wartime control, according to the National League of Families website (cited in the United States Army website).

The United States Congress passed a resolution authorizing National POW/MIA Recognition Day to be observed on July 18, 1979. It was observed on the same date in 1980 and was held on July 17 in 1981 and 1982. It was then observed on April 9 in 1983 and July 20 in 1984. The event was observed on July 19 in 1985, and then from 1986 onwards the date moved to the third Friday of September. The United States president each year proclaims National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Many states in the USA also proclaim POW/MIA Recognition Day together with the national effort.

Symbols

The National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag symbolizes the United States’ resolve to never forget POWs or those who served their country in conflicts and are still missing. Newt Heisley designed the flag. The flag’s design features a silhouette of a young man, which is based on Mr Heisley’s son, who was medically discharged from the military. As Mr Heisley looked at his returning son’s gaunt features, he imagined what life was for those behind barbed wire fences on foreign shores. He then sketched the profile of his son as the new flag’s design was created in his mind.

The flag features a white disk bearing in black silhouette a man’s bust, a watch tower with a guard on patrol, and a strand of barbed wire. White letters “POW” and “MIA”, with a white five-pointed star in between, are typed above the disk. Below the disk is a black and white wreath above the motto “You Are Not Forgotten” written in white, capital letters.

The flag can also be displayed on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Dayand Veterans Day.  The flag can be displayed at the Capitol, the White House, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, national cemeteries, various government buildings, and major military installations.

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